Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Gourmet Pet Snacks, Smoked Black Cod are Symphony of Seafood Favorites

Arctic Paws’ Yummy Chummies gourmet pet treats took the grand prize, while smoked black cod tips from Pickled Willys won three People’s Choice awards in the 2015 Alaska Symphony of Seafood galas held in Seattle, Juneau and Anchorage. Brett Gibson’s wild Alaska caught salmon, Pacific cod and halibut Yummy Chummies, are produced in Anchorage, are available in nearly two dozen varieties. They placed first in the Symphony’s new “Beyond the Plate” category for creative use of seafood byproducts, then captured the coveted grand prize.

Trident Seafoods’ Alaska Natural Wild Seafood Pet Treats took second place in “Beyond the Plate” competition, and Copper River Seafoods was third, with Wildcatch for Pets Alaska Wild caught Salmon Sticks.

The awards for the 2015 Symphony, which held gala soirees in all three cities, were announced Feb. 21 in Anchorage. Pickled Willys, owned by Bill Alwert in Kodiak, Alaska, also placed first in food service competition. Trident Seafoods’ Alaskan Whitefish Burger, took second place in food service. No third place prize was announced for food service.

First place in retail competition went to Copper River Seafoods for their Fisherman Favorites-Zesty Grill wild Alaska Cod Portions. C&H Classic smoked Fish, of Cathlamet, Washington, placed second with Applewood Smoked Alaska Wild King Salmon-Garlic Pepper; and third with their Applewood Smoked Salmon Candy.

Tilgner’s Ruby Red Sockeye Salmon Chips, by retired Cordova, Alaska physician Art Tilgner, swept the smoked fish competition. Tilgner’s also took second place with Ruby Red Sockeye Salmon Candy. C&H Classic Smoked Fish was third with Applewood Smoked Alaska Wild King salmon-original flavor.

The event is organized annually by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation in Anchorage, with numerous sponsors from the seafood industry and related firms.

Major sponsors for the 2015 event, along with AFDF, were the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, United Fishermen of Alaska, Northwest Fisheries Association, At-Sea Processors Association, Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, Marel, Marine Stewardship Council, UniSea, Trident Seafoods and Bowhead Transport.

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